LANDMARKS OF OUR PROVINCE
The first arrival of the Capuchins in India; six French Capuchins arrived in Pondicherry to cater to the spiritual needs of the French East Company.
The first arrival of the Capuchins in India; six French Capuchins arrived in Pondicherry to cater to the spiritual needs of the French East Company.
The French East Company prospects failed in Pondicherry and the Capuchins
too departed with them.
Fr. Zenon de Beauge, a French Capuchin, founded the first Capuchin mission of India in Surat.
Fr. Ephrem de Nevers, a French Capuchin, founded the Capuchin Mission of Madras. He was appointed the first Prefect Apostolic of Madras. He built the first Church in Madras, dedicated to St. Andrews, inside the fort of St. George and also inaugurated the first English medium school in India.
Fr. Cosmos de Gi en, a French Capuchin, founded the Capuchin mission of Pondicherry.
Foundation of the Capuchin mission of Chandra Nagore, North India
The Capuchins at Pondicherry opened new mission stations.
The foundation of the Hindustan-Tibet mission by the Italian Capuchins in Lhasa, Tibet.
Church of St. Andrews, the first Church at Madras, built by the Capuchins, was demolished by the English.
Fr. Sebastian de Nevers, a French Capuchin, was appointed the first Prefect Apostolic of Pondicherry.
The whole of North India was made an Apostolic Prefecture and handed over to the Capuchins.
End of the Capuchin mission in Pondicherry and the Prefecture was handed over to the Holy Ghost Fathers.
End of the Capuchin mission in Madras and the Prefecture was upgraded into an Apostolic Vicariate and handed over to the Irish Augustinians.
St. Gonsalo Garcia, First Indian Franciscan lay brother became a saint –martyred in Japan
A novitiate was opened in Mussoorie for the implantation of the Order but was closed down in 1889
The Novitiate was reopened at Sardhana. Fr. John Baptist Tirannanzi’ of Florence was appointed the first Commissary General.
India became a Custody (Commissariate) of the Province of Paris.
The Novitiate was shifted to Monte Mariano, Farangipet, in the diocese of Mangalore .
Br. Cassian of Erurkade became the first Tamil Capuchin friar.
India became a General Commissariate and Fr. Guido of Pontieux of the province of Paris was made the Commissary General.
1943 The Capuchins re-entered Tamil Nadu with the blessing of Amalashram.
St. Joseph’s Friary, Kotagiri, was blessed.
St. Francis’ Friary at Kumbakonam was blessed.
India was declared a Provincial Commissariate with Fr. Richard of Durand of the Calvary province (U.S.A.) as the Commissary Provincial.
Fr. Eusebius of Manapad became the first Tamil Capuchin priest.
Fr. Cyril of Kallianpur became the first Indian Provincial Commissary.
Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore, was blessed. Fr. Dominic Athaide was consecrated the first Indian Capuchin Archbishop of Agra.
Fr. Cassian of Timmins of the Province of Canada was appointed the Provincial Commissary. Coimbatore became the Commissariate.
St. Francis Friary at Kumbakonam was closed down.
India became a Province under the patronage of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Fr. John Berchmans of Chirakadavu was appointed the first Provincial.
St. Peter’s Friary at Pattukottai was blessed.
Paduvai Ashram at Amalinagar, Thiruchendur in the Diocese of Tuticorin, was blessed.
Nirmala Ashram, Thirumangalam, was blessed. Paduvai Ashram got shifted from Thiruchendur to Tuticorin town proper.
St. Mathias Friary at Ashok Nagar, Chennai, was blessed.
The decree of the division of the Indian Province into four different jurisdictions was promulgated.
The division of the Indian Province into four independent jurisdictions namely, St. Joseph’s Province (Kerala), Most Holy Trinity Province
(Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra), Amala Annai Province (Tamilnadu) and St. Francis Vice Province (Kerala) and the installation of the new Provincial superiors (Appointed by Rome) at Kotagiri by Fr. Aloysius Ward, Def. General, took place.
Amala Annai Province of Tamilnadu was born with the appointment of Fr. Jonathan the first Provincial Minister. At its birth Tamilnadu had 7 houses plus 1 house in Malaysia.
The First Ordinary Chapter of Tamil Nadu Province was held at Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore after the erection of the Province in May 1972.
The Province started its own Initiation course at Amalashram.
The First Election Chapter of the Province took place at Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore. Fr. Jonathan was elected Provincial for another three years.
The Second Provincial Renewal Chapter was held at Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore.
The Second Election Chapter of the province was held at Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore. Fr. Mathias was elected Provincial.
Assisi Ashram, a retreat house at Pampanvilai in Nagercoil, was blessed.
1979 A mission in Andhra Pradesh in the diocese of Cuddapah was accepted.
1979 The Provincial Renewal Seminar was held at Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore.
The common study houses of Philosophy (Trichur) and Theology (Kotagiri) were closed and regionalized study houses were born.
1981 The Third Election Chapter of the Province was held at Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore. Fr. Mathias was re-elected Provincial.
1981 The province’s new Novitiate was started at St. Joseph’s Friary, Kotagiri. Capuchin novices from Malaysia were here for novitiate training.
The Fourth Provincial Renewal Seminar was held at St. Joseph’s Friary, Kotagiri.
Gnanalaya in Trichy was blessed and used as a residence by the Students of Theology. The theologians attended classes at St. Paul’s Seminary, Trichy.
The Fourth Election Chapter was held at St. Joseph’s Friary, Kotagiri, and was presided over by Fr. Flavio, Minister General. For the first time, all the perpetually professed friars took part and elected Fr. B. Aruldass Provincial.
1984 The Province started its own Philosophate at Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore.
The Novitiate building at Pampanvilai was blessed. We shiftedthe Novitiate from Kotagiri to Pampanvilai in May 1985.
1985 The Philosophate was shifted and relocated at Kotagiri.
1985 The new friary building at Nagari was blessed. Our friars moved from Guntaraj akuppam to this new residence at Nagari, AP.
1985 A new formation centre for the orientation students (first years) started functioning at Tuticorin.
The Fifth Provincial Renewal Seminar was held at St. Joseph’s Friary, Kotagiri.
Arulagam at Vickramasingapuram, was blessed. This was meant for the students doing Higher Secondary Education.
1987 The Second retreat house of the Province at Paduvai Ashram, Tuticorin, was blessed.
1987 The Fifth Election Chapter of the Province was held at Amalashram, Trichy.
Fr. B. Aruldass was re-elected Provincial.
1987 The Provincialate was shifted from Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore, to Gnanalaya, Trichy.
The province started its own Theologate at Amalashram, Trichy.
The Sixth Renewal Seminar was held at St. Joseph’s Friary, Kotagiri.
1989 The first batch of three friars left for Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, our mission territory, for misson work.
The friary of Our Lady, Queen of Peace at Entumbane in thediocese of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe (Africa) was blessed.
1990 A new formation house in Penang, Malaysia was started.
1990 The Sixth Election Chapter was held at Amalashram, Trichy. Fr. D.Jesudas was elected Provincial.
1990 The Friary at Fatima Mission in the diocese of Hwange in Zimbabwe (Africa) was blessed.
Brunapeg Mission was erected a Parish.(Africa)
The Seventh Renewal Seminar was held at the Friary, Kotagiri.
1992 St. Francis Anbagam at Okkur in the diocese of Sivagangai was blessed.
The Seventh Election Chapter was held at The Friary, Kotagiri. Fr. Percy Joseph Raj was elected Provincial.
1993 The Golden Jubilee of Amalashram was celebrated. An Audio Cassette “Amaidhikkaha” – Part I, was released.
The Theologate got affiliated to St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore.
1994 Amalashram was erected a Parish.
1994 The Eighth Renewal Chapter was held at The Friary, Kotagiri.
1994 Arulagam at Vickramasingapuram was erected a Parish dedicated to St. Francis ofAssisi.
At the request of the Bishop of Tiruchirappalli, the Province took up the responsibility of the wholistic development of the 2003 A beautiful and monumental grotto in honour of Our Catechetical Sisters of St. Thomas, at Fathima Nagar. Now they are renamed as “Franciscan Sisters of St. Thomas.”
1995 The Parish at Fatima Nagar in Trichy Diocese was entrusted to the care of the Province that we might serve the sisters there
1995 The Malaysian Friars were incorporated into the Philippines Province.
The Province got the approval of the Government to start St. Francis Matriculation School at Thirumangalam.
1996 The Orientation course was extended to a span of two years for English Coaching. The Orientation centre was shifted from Paduvai Ashram, Tuticorin to Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore and the Pre-Novitiate from Coimbatore to Paduvai Ashram, Tuticorin.
1996 Arunodaya at Vannampatty, Dindigul, was blessed.
1996 The Eighth Election Chapter was held at The Friary, Kotagiri. Fr. John Antony was elected provincial. The Capuchin Friars Minor Multipurpose Social Service Sociey (CFMMSSS) started to function at Udhayam Social Service Centre, Trichy.
1996 Our ministry at Pattukkottai came to an end. 1997 It marks the Silver Jubilee year of the province.
Post-Novitiate programme was introduced in the province for the first time at Assisi Ashram, Pampanvilai.
1997Okkur was created a quasi-parish.
1997 The Ninth Extraordinary provincial chapter was held at Amalashram Srirangam, Trichy.
1997 An Audio Cassette of religious hymns in Tamil titled “Amaithikaka – Part II” was released.
The Parish dedicated to St. Antony was erected at Arcot.
1998 The Parish dedicated to St.Antony was erected at Sundampatti.
1998 Brindisi Matriculation school was started in Shanthi Ashram, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore.
1998 The “History of the Capuchins of Tamilnadu in India” was written by Fr. S. Arockiam and it was released by Rev. Fr. John Corriveau, Minister General.
1998 Fr. John Corriveau, our General, blessed the new wing of the school in Thirumangalam.
1998 An audio cassette bearing the hymns, mainly on St. Francis, titled “Amaithipura” by the SFO of Tamil Nadu was released.
Burkina Faso Mission was entrusted to the Tamil Nadu Gapuchins.
1999Vannampatti was erected a parish and handed over to the province.
1999 Rev. Fr. Andrew Anil Sequiera, General Definitor, blessed and opened the house Anugraha Friary at Dindigul.
1999 The Vidivelli Friary building and the presbytery were blessed at Sundampatty in the Diocese of Dharmapuri.
1999 The Zimbabwe delegation was raised to the status of a custody. Fr. Jeyaraj was appointed the first Regular Superior.
1999 The Ninth Election Chapter was held at Amalashram,.Srirangam, Trichy. Fr. John Antony was re-elected Provinicial. 2000 Parish Church at Okkur Pudur was blessed and opened.
Theresia Karunalaya Children Home at Kattur, Trichy, wasopened.
2000 The Golden Jubilee ofThe Friary, Kotagiri, was celebrated. 2000 Pio Illam (House) at Uppupettai, Arcot was blessed.
2000 We took up the Infant Jesus Parish at Vallam bifurcated fromChengelpet Town Parish in the Diocese of Chengelpet.
2000 The Post-Novitiate Building on top ofAnbagam, Okkur, was completed.
2000The 10th Extraordinary Chapter finalized the Statutes of theProvince.
2000 Vidivelli Animation Centre at Sundampatti in the Diocese of Dharmapuri was blessed.
St.Clare Children Home at Okkur Pudur came into being.
2001 The Parish Church and the Rectory were solemnised at Uppupettai, Arcot in the Diocese of Vellore.
2001 Anugraha, our Counselling Institute, was shifted from Nagerkoil to Dindigul.
2001 Capuchin Legal Awareness, Research and Educational Services (CLARES), a new ministry in the Province, was introduced in Amalashram.
2001 We initiated the Parish Ministry in Sendamangalam in theDiocese of Salem and the house was named Jeevanathi.2001 Kolbe Kudil, a children Home, was blessed at Vallam,Chengelpet.
2001 St. Mathias Church was reconstructed and consecrated. 2002 Infant Jesus Friary at Vallam took its shape.
Kaviyalaya, a Friary at Okkur Pudur Parish Campus, came into existence.
2002 A spacious Church was constructed and consecrated at Vadakku Mettupatti, a substation of Vannampatti. The Church of St.John at K.M. Kottai was renovated and consecrated.
2002 The Tenth Election Chapter took place at Anugraha, Nochiodaipatti, Dindigul. Fr. Divakar was elected Provincial.
2002 Regents were sent for the first time to Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso with a view to induct them in the mission after their ordination.
2002 The SFO units of Trichy, Tanjore, Kumbakonam and Padre Pio Prayer group, together with the friars, celebrated the occasion of the Canonization of Blessed Padre Pio at Amalashram.
2002 A new Parish Church in honour of St. Francis of Assisi was constructed and consecrated at V.K. Puram.
2002 The Contract with the diocese of Tuticorin was signed. The Friary and the little coconut garden were given to the province in perpetuity. The parish contract is renewable every 25 years.
Kaviyalaya at Okkur became an independent fraternity.
2003 Jeevanathi Friary at Sendamangalam was blessed by Rt. Rev. Singarayar, Bishop of Salem.
2003 “CLARES” (Capuchin Legal Awareness, Research and Educational Services)
became a fraternity in a house bought at Ponnagar, Trichy. A grotto of Our Lady of Fatima was blessed in the Church premises at Gandhipuram, Coimbatore.
2003 The Extraordinary Chapter was held atAnugraha, Dindigul.
The Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education gave recognition to the Counselling Courses given at Anugraha.
2004 A new Friary shaped in a quadrangle type was blessed at Thirumangalam.
2004 Post-Novices, Regents, Philosophy and Theology students with the initiative and guidance of CFMMSSS launched rescue operations in Tsunami-hit villages in Kanyakumari, Nagapattinam & Cuddalore Coastal belts.
2004 “AFFI” (Association of Franciscan Families, India) entrusted to the Tamil Nadu Capuchin Province the relief and developmental works of the Tsunami victims.
Vidivelli Animation Centre became complete with the construction of the Chapel, Conference hall, Library and Refectory.
2005 The new friary in Burkina Faso was blessed by Br. Divakar, the Provincial.
2005 The Election Chapter of St. Padre Pio Custody, Zimbabwe was held. Br. Ravi Irudayanathan was elected Regular Superior. Brs. Amirtharaj an and R.I. Mariadass were elected councillors.
2005 The Infant Jesus Shrine and Parish Church at Vallam, Chengelpet was consecrated.
2005 A monumental bell tower and a grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes were blessed at Sundampatti.
2005 A new Chapel was constructed and blessed at Surankuttai in Sundampatti Parish.
2005 The Administration of the FST sisters, and Fatima Nagar Parish in Trichy Diocese were withdrawn.
2005 The new Chapel was blessed at Anugraha animation centre.
2005 The Eleventh Election Chapter was held at Anugragha Centre Br. John Antony was elected Provincial . Golden Jubilee of Shanthi Ashram.
2005 A Contract was signed to take up the parish of K.M.Kottai, Sivagangai Diocese.
2005 We took up the parish of Nochiodaipatti along with two substations.
2005 We took up the parish of Our Lady of Good Health, Sendamangalam, in the diocese of Salem.
The Udhayam Free Legal Aid Centre was blessed in the social work complex of St. Mathias Church, Chennai.
2006 The Anugraha Trust was founded.
2006 A MOU was signed between Madurai Institute of Social Sciences (MISS) and Anugraha, thus making certificates issued by Anugraha recognized by all the Indian Universities.
2006Br. John Antony was elected a Definitor General in the 83rd General Chapter.
2006 Br. Alphonse Charles was appointed Provincial in the place of Br. John Antony by Br. General .
2006 The Extraordinary Provincial chapter was held at Anugraha centre.
2006 Rt. Rev. SusaiManickam, Bishop of Sivagangai blessed Karunaikadal Friary at Rameswaram.
Two hostels (for boys and girls) were blessed at K.M. Kottai by Rt. Rev. Susai Manickam, Bishop of Sivagangai.
2007 A new school building at Arcot was blessed by Rt. Rev. Soundarraj Perianayagam, Bishop of Vellore.
2007 A new school building at Vannampati was blessed by Rt. Rev. Antony Pappusamy, Bishop of Dindigul.
2007 A computer centre for rural children was inaugurated at Anugraha, Nochiodaipatty.
2007 The Udhayam Polytechnic College at Thenkuda, Rameswaram, was blessed by Rt. Rev. Susai Manickam, Bishop of Sivagangai and Rev. Br. John Antony, Definitor General.
2007CLARES had a formal restart with the blessing of a small chapel and a grotto.
The Twelfth Election Chapter held at Anugraha, elected Br. Alphonse Charles Provincial Minister.
2008 Capuchin sisters from Philippines have set their foot in Rameswaram beside the Capuchin house to implant their order.
2008 Sangamam, the new house at Perugamani, was inaugurated.
2008 The Sacred Heart Primary School at Kallikudi near Thirumangalam was bought by the Province.
2008 A new Theologate, Francesco, at Vengankudi near Samayapuram Trichy was blessed by the Minister General, Br. Mauro Johri.
2008 St. Francis Ashram at Thiyagadurgam was inaugurated in the Archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore.
2008 Udhayam De-addiction centre at Thenkuda, Rameswaram, was blessed and inaugurated.
Our Theologate was shifted from Amalashram to Francesco.
2009 The Province took the responsibility of running the ‘Reaching the Unreached’ (RTU), a Social work organization in G.Kallupatti.
2009 July 12 Thiyagadurugam in the Archdiocese of Pondicherrybecame a mission Parish.
2009 Nov 23-27 13th Extraordinary Chapter took place in Anugraha Centre.
2009 Nov 24 St. Antony Parish Church at Nochiodaipatti wasconsecrated.
Feb Peter Paradesi S.F.O. His cause has been taken over bythe Diocese of Palayamkottai.
2010 May 19 James Kimpton Illam, a new friary, was blessed at G.Kallupatti.
2010 Jul 29 Anugraha College of Arts & Science in Nochiodaipatti,was inaugurated.
Jan A new foundation was laid at the donated land atKarungulam, Rajakrishnapuram Parish, in the Diocese of Tuticorin near Kanyakumari. It is christened “St. Francis Capuchin Home”.The Province owes a debt of gratitude to Mr.Sundar George ofNagercoil.
2011 Feb 1-3 The Election chapter of St. Padre Pio Custody,Zimbabwe elected Br. Kevin Gregory Gonsalvez Regular Superior. Br. T. Lawrence,Vicar and First Councillor and Br. John Sudhaharan, Second Councillor.
2011 May 16-20 13th Election Chapter elected Br. A. Charles Provincial.
Jan “Padony Elam” a house inclusive of 7Cents of land hasbeen donated to us by Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Christine.
2012 Apr 25 At the climax of the 40th anniversary of the CapuchinProvince of Tamil Nadu, it got divided into two – South and North. The South comprises the Dioceses of Ooty, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Sivagangai, Madurai, Palayamkottai, Tuticorin and Kottar. The North includes the Dioceses of Trichy, Kumbakonam, Pondicherry, Chengalpet, Chennai, Vellore, Dharmapuri, Salem and Tanjore.Most. Rev. Mauro Johri, General Minister, announced the erection of the Provinces and appointed the Provincials and Definitors. In south Br. S. Arockiam- Provincial, Br. James Gerald Raja – Vicar Provincial, Br. John Arumai Nathan -II Councilor, Br. Kulandai Amara Bose – III Councilor & Br. S.I. Wilson – IV Councilor. In North Br. A.J.Mathew – Provincial, Br. B. Aruldass – Vicar Provincial, Br. Divakar -II Councilor, Br. A. Antonysamy – III Councilor & Br. Arul Xavier Raj – IV Councilor
2012 June 16 A monumental Grotto of Our Lady of Lourds was inaugurated at V.K.Puram.
2012 July 01 A mighty bell tower of 85′ height was blessed and opened at St.Antony Church, Nochiodaipatti.
2012 Nov 19-22 The First Ordinary Chapter took place in Anugraha Centre.
Feb 14 The Staff Quarters was blessed at Kotagiri.
2013 Dec 03 Girls Hostel was inaugurated at Anugraha Collegecampus.
2014 Jan The Election Chapter of the Custody of Zimbabwe tookplace at St. Francis Capuchin Friary, Bulawayo. Friars T. Lawrence (Regular Superior), Peter and John Sudhaharan got elected to the custody council.
Feb 02 Tharanikulam in the diocese of Mannar, Sri Lanka wasundertaken as our mission in collaboration with Karnataka province. Fr. Peter Amalraj was the first superior and Parish Priest.
2014 Feb 24 The Primary School at K.M. Kottai was constructed anew and blessed.
2014 May 01 We take up the administration of Pampanvillai new Parish with its New Church.
2014 -June 16. We bought the high school land with its buildings at K.M. Kottai and upgraded it to Hr. Secondary.
2014 -Aug 19. A Grotto dedicated to St. Antony of Padua at the gate, V.K. Puram was blessed.
2014 – Oct 04. We opened a hostel for clergy above the kitchen and refectory at Anugraha Friary.
2014 – Dec. St. Francis Anbagam initiated a De-AddictionTreatment on a regular basis besides Spiritual Animation.
March 25 Karnataka Province handed over the Tamil Dioceses in Sri Lanka for our independent venture. The General Council represented by Fr. Mauro Johri has formally approved it.
2015 Apri113-14 The Silver Jubilee of the Counsellor Training Programme was celebrated at Anugraha Institute.
2015- April 14 St. Francis Mercy Home was blessed at South Karungulam.
2015- April 16 A Tuition Centre and Compound Wall at Pio Hostel, Vannampatti were constructed anew and inaugurated.
2015 – April 27 The Second Ordinary Chapter, held at Anugraha Centre elected Br. John Arumai Nathan- Provincial, Br. Sathian -Vicar Provincial, Br. Peter Durai – II Councilor, Br. M. Christopher – III Councilor & Br. S. Lawrence – IV Councilor
Ø We inaugurated the boys hostel at the Anugraha Friary Campus on 07-08-2015.
Ø We inaugurated an Adoration Chapel at the right wing of the parish church at Thirumangalam on 09-08-2015.
Ø Bishop Yvone Ambrose consecrated the chapel dedicated to the Divine Mercy at Kathirvel Nagar, Tuticorin on 03-04-2016.
Ø We opened a CBSE school at V K puram in June 2016.
Ø We accepted the administration of the already existing parish dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption at Themanur in the new diocese of Kuzhithurai on 18-06-2016.
Ø The Extraordinary chapter took place in Anugraha Centre from Nov 07-11, 2016.
Ø We blessed our Friary at St. Francis Mercy Home, Karunkulam on 02-02-2017.
Ø Zimbabwe Custody elected Fr. Herbert Banda, Custody superior on 09-02-2017.
Ø Fr. Maro Johri – General and Fr. Michael Fernandez – councillor blessed and inaugurated the Mary Queen of Peace Illam, our New Provincial Curia in Thirumangalam on 13-05-2017 in the Archdiocese of Madurai.
Ø Fr. Jerry ordained on 03-06-2017 was a second Capuchin Priest from Sri Lanka but the first to work in his native country.
Ø We expanded our presence in the dioceses of Trincomalee and Jaffna in Sri Lanka.
Ø Bishop Peter Abir of Sulthanpet handed over the administration of the existing parish of the Holy Cross at Menonpara to us for the sake of the Tamil Catholics on 11-06-2017.
Ø On 06-10-2017 we established a new collaboration with Catalonia province, Spain and sent 3 friars to work there.
Ø Bishop Thomas Aquinas blessed the new parish office with 2 spacious rooms for choir practice and meeting in Fatima Church, Gandhipuram on 13-10-2017.
Ø The third election Chapter took place in Anugraha Centre from April 16-20 2018 and elected friars Sathian, S. Lawrence, Edward Royan, M. Christopher and I. Mariaraj.
Ø On 20-04-2018 Sri Lanka North became a Delegation under the leadership of Frs. K. A Selvaraj, Alex Chellaiah and Charles Ephrem.